Panasonic P51 Review

Panasonic the Japanese electronic major, recently marked its presence in crowded Indian smartphone market. The Indian mobile handset market is presently witnessing the success story of local brands and the competition is consolidating around low-cost and feature rich smartphones. Last month Panasonic introduced its first smartphone P51 in India. The newly launched high-end device, Panasonic P51 is priced at Rs.21,400 (snapdeal) and offers compelling features. The Panasonic P51 box packs a stylish and sleek full touch handset, a pair of ear phones, USB data cable, charger, a free stylus and a magnetic flip cover (see full specs).

Panasonic P51

Design

We must appreciate the Panasonic P51 which is elegantly designed for delightful premium feel and usage. The device has sleek and slim build quality with high quality material i.e. front component built with full glass unit and back with matte plastic finish. The P5 measures 8.5mm thickness and the weight of just 135 grams makes it super-light-weight.

The back panel equips a 8 MP camera, the LED flash and the speaker. On the right edge there is a slot for microSD card and volume keys. However, we feel the power button is inconveniently placed at top-right corner of 5-inch device, making it hard to reach there frequently. The power button placement to right edge is more preferable. The top edge also equips the 3.5 mm audio jack. The P51’s left edge houses two slots for micro-SMI cards and a slot for micro-USB connectivity.

As mentioned earlier, the front panel of the P51 is full Glass screen of 5-inch 720p IPS display. The front panel also packs a front facing camera, sensors and the ear piece. There are no capacitive buttons rather they are built on-screen, so the extra space at bottom remained un-utilized.

Hardware

Even though the Panasonic P51 has scored better in terms of design and build quality, considering the price tag, the device packs the hardware especially the CPU and storage, which may disappoint you. The 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 chips are the underpowered chipset which may cause poor performance for heavy users and game lovers. Also, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage is on inferior side. However, the storage can be expanded up to 32 GB through microSD., so one can expand their storage by up to 32GB. The poor battery performance is the major problem with android devices, here Panasonic has well addressed this issue by packing a 2500-mAh battery.

Panasonic further scores better numbers for its spectacular IPS display measuring 5-inch screen protected by Dragon Trail Glass. The device enables smooth touch, magnificent viewing angles, clear visibility in direct sunlight and vivid imaging experience. (see the images and videos we have taken from P51)

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Software

The Panasonic P51 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – the latest version of Android. We haven’t noticed any major OS customization on GUI front, however, Panasonic has added a nice feature of Audio profiles. The P51 is preloaded with some useful apps like CamCard for visiting card scanning and contact update, the, CamScanner, WeChat and Kingsoft Office.

The overall package is exciting except for the price which is on a higher side. It should have been under twenty thousand to attract customers as Samsung and Micromax have already made strong inroads in Indian smartphone markets. Panasonic is going to introduce range of new handsets from entry level to high end and we hope first smartphone launch will be a learning experience to make some penetration although Panasonic’s plus point will be its existing distribution channels which will help move the product with good pace.

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